For immediate release
November 26, 2001
Contact: NPR
Laura Gross,

Quiz Show on Location in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Wait Wait . . .Don't Tell Me!®, the irreverent and oddly informative radio news quiz from NPR®, will record its next live program in front of an audience of 1,000 at Tempe's Red River Music Hall on Thursday, November 29, 2001.

This is the first time fans of the show in the Phoenix area will have the opportunity to see the Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! cast in person. Hosted by award-winning playwright Peter Sagal with Carl Kasell as official judge and scorekeeper, Wait Wait Live in Phoenix will also feature author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr., Esquire Magazine writer at large Charlie Pierce and BBC contributor Sue Ellicott. The live version of the show , which previously toured in Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Baltimore, Dayton and Salt Lake City, includes the same games as the one-hour weekly radio version, with panelists and callers answering timely questions about the news, "filling in the blank" at lightning speed, sniffing out fake news items and deciphering limericks. Callers compete for the most coveted prize in public radio: having legendary NPR newscaster Carl Kasell record the greeting on their home answering machines.

Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! is broadcast on more than 200 public radio stations in the U.S. It airs locally on KJZZ 91.5 FM on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m.-Noon. Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! is a production of NPR and Chicago Public Radio. The live show on Thursday will be broadcast on KJZZ on December 1.

Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! Live in Phoenix

Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell, Roy Blount, Charlie Pierce, Sue Ellicott

Thursday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.

Red River Music Hall, Southwest corner of Mill Ave. & Washington St., Tempe, AZ

Call Red River Music Hall at 480-829-6779 or toll-free 800-466-6779 or TicketMaster at 480-784-4444.

NPR: Laura Gross, 202-513-2308;
KJZZ: Bob Glazar, 480-517-8584